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How to Stay Up (Awake) All Night

Updated on January 26, 2013
This is NOT you! You want to stay up all night, don't you?
This is NOT you! You want to stay up all night, don't you? | Source


If you have arrived at this hub, then you're probably looking for ways to stay up at night. Well, considering it's 3:57AM at the moment I write this sentence, I feel that I may be able to help you out in this particular endeavor.

There are many reasons why one would want to stay up all night. Perhaps it's already late and you have an early appointment and you don't trust yourself to get up in time if you go to bed. Maybe you're out partying and don't want to stop until the sun comes out. Maybe you're working the graveyard shift and need to stay awake (falling asleep on the job would be ill-advised, obviously).

No matter your reasons, I will be explaining the tricks I have personally used to stay awake all night long on countless occasions. So, let's get going.

Shift your Sleep Schedule

This is perhaps the most important tip I can give you. Basically, you need to get eight good hours of sleep. However, when you want to stay up at night, this is considerably harder to do. See, the average human body is built around the concept of sleeping at night and staying awake. There are all sorts of hormones that work together to promote the feeling of wakefulness during the day and sleepiness during the night.

Mind you, there are people that have an inverted sleep cycle (such as myself). In that case, everything works backwards. You would feel tired during the day and awake during nighttime. However, even if you have a "normal" sleep cycle, you can force yourself to stay awake at night.

Anyway, the easiest way to shift your sleep schedule is one hour at a time. Suppose that your normal bedtime is 11PM. Well, tomorrow, go to bed at midnight. Then, the day after that go to bed at 1AM, and so forth until you get to your desired time of going to bed. It is essential that you spend no more than eight hours (give or take a half-hour or so) in bed while doing this because your body is going to try to force you to sleep more to compensate for the strange sleep cycle. Oversleeping isn't a good thing at all, so be sure to set an alarm if you can't wake on your own.

It sounds rough and, up to a point, it is, but you'll be fine as long as you're getting enough sleep.

Hot Chocolate! (Or Coffee)

I love chocolate. I'm not even going to attempt to hide that fact. Of course, chocolate also contains caffeine, which promotes wakefulness. Of course, coffee would be a better choice for a beverage if you can stomach it, but I personally can't. Also, I don't recommend abusing caffeine too much, as the effects are lessened if you drink too much, and you run the risk of getting addicted (and then get painful headaches when you don't drink any caffeine).

Stay Active

This is also a very important subject to touch upon when one wants to stay up at night. Basically, you need to stay active. Things you can do during night time to stay active include:

  • Exercising
  • Writing
  • Listen to lively music
  • Play video games

I'm sure you can come up with other things you could do. The most important thing is that you do not do something that would relax you. That's why I didn't recommend reading or other low-activity tasks.

Note: Watching TV is a weird gray area. For me, it keeps me from falling asleep later on. However, there are people that fall asleep watching television. Find out which group you belong to and make your own judgment call.

If you're working a graveyard shift and have co-workers, I congratulate you. You probably have it much easier than the average person trying to stay awake. Just get them to talk to you and you should be fine unless you haven't slept adequately. Also, if you're working at that time, then move around and find something to do. Staying idle will just make you sleepy.


In conclusion, hot chocolate and staying active are the two main ways that I stay up all night after shifting my sleep schedule. This will be easier if your body favors a nocturnal (night-time) sleep cycle, but is far from impossible even if your body favors a diurnal (day-time) sleep cycle.

Feel free to talk about your own tactics for staying up all night in the comments section below!

Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)


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      5 years ago

      Amazing post! I would like to add don't "get cozy" because it will make you lazy and sleepy in my case. Again thanks for the post!

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      Darrin Perez 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hello writinglover! Thank you very much for your comment and for reading. :)

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      5 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Hey, Winterfate! This hub is so me. I try to shift my schedule often times since I work an early morning shift. Coffee is my choice of weapon when I have to force myself up out of bed. Great hub!

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      Fehl Dungo 

      5 years ago from close to you...

      Hahaha this is so true. Ice cream and video games help too. Thanks for sharing your tips :) voted up!

    • Winterfate profile imageAUTHOR

      Darrin Perez 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hello Debby! I'm a bit of an insomniac myself, truth be told. With that said, I'm nocturnal anyway so the real problem is resting during the day.

      Thanks for reading!

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      Debby Bruck 

      5 years ago

      Hello Winterfate - This is quite humorous article topic for me, since almost everyone I speak to has a problem with insomnia and not being able to sleep at night. I suppose a person who works the night shift might need your suggestions. Blessings, Debby

    • Winterfate profile imageAUTHOR

      Darrin Perez 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hello there vespawoolf! Thanks a lot for your comment! And yes, I do play lots of video games at night. :D

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      We all have moments in our life where we need to shift the sleep schedule. This is useful advice: do it an hour at a time, caffeine intake and activity all help the adjustment. I can see you play a lot of video games at night! : ) Thanks--voted up.

    • Winterfate profile imageAUTHOR

      Darrin Perez 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hello there livewirez! Congratulations on the new addition to your family and I'm glad this helps! :)

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      Romel Tarroza 

      5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      Thanks for the information. I need it because my wife recently gave birth and we need to stay awake most especially at night because our baby is sleeping in the morning then awake by night.

    • Winterfate profile imageAUTHOR

      Darrin Perez 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hello there Nell! I started becoming a night owl after I graduated from high school and started having to study for college-level tests. Then, it just kind of stuck. It's my normal sleep cycle right now, which sometimes leads to me getting up almost when the sun is down! :o

      Thanks for the comment Nell!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi, I have always been a night owl, I actually thought that as I got a bit older it would turn around the other way, but oh no, not me! lol! I never ever go to bed before 3am, unless I have an early shift, but as I am not working outside at the moment my good old body clock has gone straight back to its norm! great tips though, and voted up! nell

    • Winterfate profile imageAUTHOR

      Darrin Perez 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you very much for reading!

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      Real Name 

      5 years ago from India

      nice tips

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      Darrin Perez 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you very much for your comment peachpurple! :)

      You might want to get another computer someday, if your income allows, so you can spend more time here on Hubpages. :)

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I stay up all night because that is the only time I have in hand to browse thru hubpages. During the day, my kids occupied the notebook, one by one. So, night is my only free time. Wonderful tips to keep me going. Voted wonderful

    • Winterfate profile imageAUTHOR

      Darrin Perez 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hello there soconfident! Let me know if these tips help you out! :)

      Thank you for reading!

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      Derrick Bennett 

      5 years ago

      These tips would come in handy, because sometimes I need to pull an all nighter.


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